Book cover - Days of the Blackbird by Tomie dePaola


Log in to your library account and reserve the children’s book Days of the Blackbird: A Tale of Northern Italy by Tomie dePaola (affiliate link).

This book is a fictional story that takes place during the coldest days of the year.

In real life, in Northern Italy, these are the last 3 days of January and are called “giorni della merla” or “days of the blackbird”, the legend being that it is so cold that white birds take cover in chimneys and turn black with soot.

The fantastically illustrated book by Tomie dePaola is so cozy and beautiful, you may end up putting it on your permanent collection wish list.

(Image credit: author/illustrator Tomie dePaola)

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